6 LA Coffee Shops for Work and Meetings 0

These days, business men and women are utilizing coffee shops for work more and more. Whether you’re working remotely or looking for a fresh place to meet a client, here are 6 coffee shops for work and meetings if you’re working in the LA area.

Verve Coffee Roasters – West Hollywood

That morning light though.

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“Verve: the spirit and enthusiasm surrounding the creation of art,” goes to show their mission of not only creating another coffee shop but also a place of community. Although Verve’s prime location is on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, it was designed and inspired by street-level European coffee shops where people would gather to chit-chat over a morning espresso. To the Verve staff, coffee is more than just a drink to start the day with, but the instigator of social life. Verve’s unique communal interior design creates the perfect atmosphere for you to do work and also comfortably network and engage with those around you during work breaks. It is the perfect setting for collaborative meetings.

Verve’s farm-level initiative supports the communities that grow their coffee, maintaining ethical standards in the industry.

This cafe’s extremely minimalistic and industrial design sparks creativity and motivation. If you want some sun, there is also a peaceful, stylish outdoor patio area.

How is the coffee? Verve prides itself on its vintage roasters and unautomated processes – everything the cafe serves is made by hand.

The Essentials:

  • Meter spots are fairly easy to find, no designated parking
  • A little on the expensive side
  • Free Wi-Fi!

Intelligentsia Coffee – Venice

Keep it simple. 📸@lukasvanderlende

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If you are looking for a place to respond to emails or finish up some lighter work, then this constantly bubbling place is for you. In the center of Abbot Kinney, you can get some work done, then take a light stroll and treat yourself to some ice-cream at Salt & Straw just a few doors over. Its industrial design mimics the look of a laboratory; their coffee is like science! There is also outdoor, communal seating if you are in the mood for mingling with business partners or clients. The high energy of Intelligentsia makes it the perfect place for a more casual business meeting!

The Essentials:

  • Parking on Abbot Kinney, fairly difficult on weekends, no designated parking
  • A little on the expensive side
  • Free Wi-Fi!

Bulletproof Coffee – Santa Monica

This high-tech playground for coffee lovers is truly inspiring. From borosilicate glass beakers, to EMF blockers (limiting exposure to dirty electricity), to Circadian-compliant lighting – patrons are exposed to technologies they didn’t even know they needed. Bulletproof has implemented the hottest tech from the interior of the cafe to the machines it uses to brew its coffee. Not only is it a great place to work or have a meeting in, but it provides some extra education, which makes it easy to spark conversation topics!

The Essentials:

  • Street parking is fairly easy
  • A little on the expensive side
  • Free Wi-Fi!

Flowerboy Project – Venice

Lavender boys all day every day ☕️

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This hole-in-the-wall coffee shop also doubles as a flower boutique with exotic market-style flowers and unique design/fashion items. If you really want to spice up your meeting or just have some fun while doing work, try an iced rose or lavender infused latte (or you can get it without the caffeine just to enjoy the taste). There is pretty limited seating, so it’s best for a quick and casual meeting or to just pick up your drinks for a walk-and-talk meeting.

The Essentials:

  • Pretty convenient street parking out front
  • Reasonably priced
  • Free Wi-Fi!

Coffee Connection – West L.A.

If you are looking for something on the west side, this is the perfect place for you to study for the Bar exam, a calculus exam, or catch up on some LA Startups articles. You will always find this non-profit cafe jam-packed with students and people doing intense work – it’s pretty much dead silent (reminds me of a silent party). There is a full menu with a variety of dishes to choose from. Studying and work can really bring on the hunger! Seating is pretty difficult to find, but people are always coming and going, so it’s not impossible – most seating is outdoors in a large Italian-style patio area.

The Essentials:

  • Private parking lot in back
  • Reasonably priced
  • Free Wi-Fi!

Nature’s Brew – DTLA

Stay cool, stay caffeinated. #coffee #icedlatte #longweekend

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Located right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, down the street from USC. You will be surrounded by hyper-focused university students and people doing intense collaborative work. Nature’s Brew is equipped with a full menu that you can easily go through over an entire day of work. If you want to lighten up a meeting, then you can even grab a locally brewed beer. It is usually pretty packed, but seating is not impossible to find (except maybe during finals week).

The Essentials:

  • Street parking in front is fairly easy
  • Reasonably priced
  • Free Wi-Fi!

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Fritzi Coop, Fried Chicken Sandwich Done Right 0

Fritzi Coop, Fried Chicken Sandwich Done Right

If you’re heading to the Original Farmers Market this weekend, stop by Fritzi Coop for a bite.  As the name suggests, Fritzi Coop is a chicken-centric diner. It has a sit-down eatery in Downtown LA, but the Original Farmers Market location is only a stall so you’d need to find nearby tables to chow down on some of what a lot of experts say is surprisingly good chicken. Despite its small operation in this location, it offers juicy and tasty chicken dishes that will definitely fill you up and make you want to come back for more. While the people behind Fritzi Coop are known to offer great food, the location can really cast some doubts on their offering, so it’s definitely a great thing that they’re able to wow critics.

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What to order:

  1. Classic Sandwich – Triple battered Buttermilk Fried Chicken, with house-made pimento cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced pickles
  2. Stinger Sandwich – Classic Fried Chicken with Buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressed greens
  3. Memphis Sandwich (go spicy) – Classic Fried Chicken with serious Memphis heat, spicy slaw, sliced pickles
  4. Red Rooster Sandwich – Grilled chicken breast, topped with a Sriracha lime aioli and Fresno pepper coleslaw
  5. Curly Fries – Classic style curly fries is a must-try side

Location (FARMER Market): 6333 W 3rd St Stall 742 Los Angeles, CA 90036 Phone (323) 936-9436


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Guisados, Home of The Braised Beef Tacos 0

Guisados, Home of The Braised Beef Tacos

There may be tons of taquerias in LA, but if there is one place that you shouldn’t miss, it has to be Guisados. This family-run joint is basically a neighborhood staple in Boyle Heights. The family who runs the place also owns the building and the tortilleria next door is owned by a family member. This is why it shouldn’t be surprising that the diner’s vision is to offer the very same food as what Mama made at home.

From a single, small operation in 2010, Guisados has grown to a 5-location operation over the years with its food still being made in Boyle Heights and delivered fresh to the other stores daily. Don’t expect anything fancy from this eatery, though. Like many well-loved taquerias all over the state, it’s a collection of no-frills takeout joints. You can expect very affordable bites that offer simple recipes that allow the fillings to shine and the flavor to really fill you up, however. There are also a number of vegetarian options, so if you or someone you know can’t eat meat for moral reasons, Guisados can still be a great place to head to.

Recently visited their DTLA location: 541 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Very clean and friendly spot.  Pay parking is just next door for $8.


What to order:

  1. Mole Poblano – Shredded chicken breast in a nutty Poblano style Mole. Served with sour cream, queso fresco, red onion and dried chile.
  2. Chuleta en Chile Verde – Diced pork chop in a chile verde. Served atop black beans with chile arbol, green serrano chile and sour cream.
  3. Hongos con Cilantro – Mushrooms cooked with cilantro and onions. Served with green serrano chile and queso fresco.
  4. Camarones – Fajita-style shrimp, onions and bell peppers served with a mild chipotle sour cream.
  5. Cochinita Pibil – Shredded pork cooked in a sweet, red achiote spice atop black beans. Served with Yucatan compliments, Pickled red onions and habanero chile. Taco defaults at a 3 on scale of 1-10. Proceed with caution

Location:  2100 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., Boyle Heights, 90033 MAP 323-264-7201


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35 Best Mobile Apps for Mental Health 0

Top 30 Best Mental Health Apps

With the recent suicides of famous celebs like Avicii (superstar DJ-producer), Dolores O’Riordan (musician, The Cranberries), Kate Spade (fashion designer), to Anthony Bourdain (food author, curator), I thought it’d be a good time to consolidate as many mental health apps as I could find to share. The good news is there’s been a proliferation of mental health apps available on a smartphone today; making my search a cinch. These mental health apps offer a wealth of resources that make therapeutic techniques more accessible, portable, and cost-effective. Within minutes, you can start using the app and incorporate techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment in your daily routine.

Here’s a list of the top 35 apps that can help to enhance your well-being and look after your mental health.

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General Apps

  1. What’s Up? is a fantastic free app utilizing some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more! With a beautiful, modern design, simple heading and easy-to-follow methods, you can get to what helps you the most in seconds!
  2. MoodKit is a one-of-a-kind app designed to help you apply effective strategies of professional psychology to your everyday life! Developed by two clinical psychologists (co-creators of Moodnotes), MoodKit draws upon the principles and techniques of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), one of the most effective and scientifically-supported methods of psychotherapy. MoodKit’s innovative design enables it to be used on its own or to enhance professional treatment.

Addiction Apps

  1. Twenty-Four Hours a Day – Find inspiration anywhere, at any time, with Hazelden Publishing’s Twenty-Four Hours a Day app featuring all 366 daily meditations from the classic best-selling meditation book for people in recovery from addiction. At the touch of a fingertip, Twenty-Four Hours a Day becomes your companion, making it easy to focus on your sobriety wherever you are. Practicing the Twelve Steps has never been more accessible.
  2. Quit That! is a simple app to track all of the stuff you are trying to quit. Want to quit smoking? Quit That! Looking to stop drinking soda? Quit That! too. There’s no limit on how many things you can quit.

Anxiety Apps

  1. Anxiety Relief Hypnosis can help you reduce anxious thoughts and improve your relaxation response, resetting your behavior for a healthier response to stress.
  2. MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it. MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify action steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety.
  3. Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM) is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety.  SAM has been developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists, and student users. Established methods of self-help have been combined with high standards of usability to provide an engaging, flexible, and practical resource.
  4. Thought Diary will help you evaluate, understand, and change your thoughts and feelings. By using this application, you can work to identify your emotions, analyze how and why you’re feeling this way, challenge those negative beliefs, and change your thinking patterns for future situations.

Bipolar Disorder Apps

  1. iMoodJournal – This beautiful app is an ultimate journal, personal diary and mood charting tool. It can track not only mood but anything you like: sleep, medication, symptoms, stress and anxiety, energy level, cycles, etc. It will help you discover causes of your ups and downs, and get surprising insights into yourself!
  2. Stigma: Mood Tracker & Journal provides you with a safe way to build your support network, journal what’s on your mind, and keep track of your mood.

Depression Apps

  1. Lantern – A mobile app with programs that provide effective, affordable support for emotional well-being. Each time you use Lantern, you’ll learn new techniques proven to reduce stress, or practice and strengthen your skills. Your coach is a real person assigned to you to help encourage, support, and orient you as you progress through the program.
  2. Talkspace Online Therapy is a platform that connects users with a licensed therapist. Whether you’re experiencing symptoms of stress, feeling depressed or having anxiety attacks, Talkspace is the place for you. It’s also great for couples that need a new spark of motivation, to relieve tension and to increase positive feelings in their relationship. We will connect you with a dedicated, licensed therapist for on-demand, private text, audio, and video chat therapy, anywhere and anytime. All in the palm of your hand, on your phone or web browser!
  3. Happify – Get ready to reduce stress, overcome negative thoughts, and build greater resilience. 86% of people who use Happify regularly report feeling better about their lives in 2 months!
  4. MoodTools is designed to help you combat depression and alleviate your negative moods, aiding you on your road to recovery.

Eating Disorder Apps

  1. Recovery Record is the smart companion for managing your journey to recovery from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. This app is also intended for people with general eating, weight and shape concerns.
  2. WhatsMyM3 is based on a research validated screen that in 3 minutes assesses your risk of depression, bipolar and anxiety and PTSD. After completing the short checklist you receive a personalized confidential report sharing how much burden these symptoms may be causing you. Please reach out to a professional or go directly to the emergency room should you feel a need for help.
  3. iCBT helps you manage stress and anxiety whenever and wherever you need to.  Manage stress and anxieties with iCBT, a personal-use tool for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is always with you when you need it.Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been proven to be the most effective psychological therapy for a range of problems including PTSD, panic attacks, generalized anxiety, OCD, and some eating disorders, and is among the most effective for depression and some personality disorders.

OCD Apps

  1. nOCD helps people diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) manage the condition: think “no OCD.” It was designed with the help of OCD specialists and patients to incorporate clinically effective treatment methods like Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and mindfulness.
  2. Worry Watch app is designed to capture and reflect on those momentary self-realizations. By logging ‘what might happen’ perception from day one and tracking it to ‘what did happen’ reality, we may get a deeper understanding of our worry/anxiety patterns. Such an understanding may help us challenge our negative perceptions and change our future thought patterns in a positive way.
  3. Live OCD Free is an interactive application designed to guide users through the only evidence-based treatment, Exposure, and Response Prevention (ERP), for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

PTSD Apps

  1. PTSD Coach was designed for those who have or may have, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This app provides you with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help you manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD.
  2. Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practices exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management.

Schizophrenia Apps

  1. Schizophrenia Health Storylines – Developed in partnership with the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA), this app makes it easier to record details and specifics about symptoms, medication, moods, and more. Choose what you want to track, and see all the information you need to help you or your loved one who is living with schizophrenia and related disorders.
  2. UCSF Prime: The ultimate goal of PRIME is to inspire young people with schizophrenia to improve quality of life. PRIME includes social networking with relatable peers, goal setting focused on promoting well being, and access to mental health motivational coaches to support users in improving their lives. PRIME has developed at the UCSF, DRIVE lab in collaboration with IDEO, the global design firm, Wolox software boutique, and with individuals with schizophrenia and their family members. Clinical trials for the use of PRIME and its effects on improving quality of life are underway.

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Stress Apps

  1. Shine makes it easier for you to take care of yourself. Every morning, we’ll send you a conversational experience around your wellbeing, with research-backed content around confidence, daily happiness, mental health, and productivity.
  2. Headspace is the simple way to reframe stress. Sleep trouble? Meditation creates the ideal conditions for a good night’s rest. Relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day.
  3. Calm is the #1 app for mindfulness and meditation to bring more clarity, joy, and peace to your daily life. Join the millions experiencing less anxiety and better sleep with our guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs and relaxing music. Recommended by top psychologists and mental health experts to help you de-stress. Calm is the perfect meditation app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users.
  4. Aloe Bud is an all-in-one, self-care pocket companion. It gently brings awareness to self-care activities, using encouraging push notifications, rather than guilt or shame.
  5. Moodnotes empowers you to track your mood over time, avoid common thinking traps, and develop perspectives associated with increased happiness and well-being.
  6. Moodpath is an interactive mental health screening and improvement program that detects symptoms of depression. After answering questions concerning your emotional and physical well-being you receive a professional assessment of your mental health that you can share and discuss with your physician or therapist. Moodpath is a CE-certified medical product and does not collect any personal data.
  7. Pacifica gives you psychologist-designed tools to address them based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation, relaxation, and mood/health tracking. Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused by an ongoing cycle of negative thoughts. Thoughts cause physical feelings and emotions which cause actions. Pacifica helps break this cycle using tools that target each of its components. Day-by-day, you’ll learn to manage stress, anxiety, and depression at your own pace. We’re not about quick-fixes or false promises. We are about real progress, a day at a time.
  8. SuperBetter is a tool created by game designers and backed by science. Playing SuperBetter helps build personal resilience: the ability to stay strong, motivated, and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges. Resilience has a powerful effect on health—by boosting physical and emotional well-being. Resilience also helps you achieve your life goals—by strengthening your social support and increasing your stamina, willpower, and focus.
  9. 7 Cups of Tea is an online emotional support service. Through a secure, anonymous bridging technology, we connect those in need of emotional support with our network of Active Listeners, individuals from all walks of life who want to provide compassionate care. Connections to Listeners are private, one-on-one conversations initiated on demand.
  10. RealifeChange is your own portable life coach, designed to take all of the social interactions, moods, decisions, discoveries, and emotions that you experience each day and provide you with meaningful, actionable feedback to help coach you in your journey towards a better life.
  11. StressScan – Just place a finger over the camera for two minutes, and StressScan will analyze changes in your heart rate and scientifically measure the level of your mental and physical stress on a scale of 1 to 100.

If you or someone is suffering from any of these conditions, please seek some kind of help; whether it be an app or therapy.

Stay well!

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen of local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.